Ryan Mallett Released As Rumors Swirl About His Off-Field Issues
October 27 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
With the lowest completion percentage among active NFL quarterbacks, it's probably safe to say Ryan Mallett never had much room to misstep off the field. After sleeping through a practice back in August, then the team flight to Miami over the weekend, then almost getting cut on the spot by Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien only to be saved by General Manager Rick Smith, the ax has finally fallen. He's no longer a professional NFL quarterback, free to miss as many flights/practices as he'd like.
Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed team charter and had to fly commercial to Dolphins game. I can imagine Bill OBrien reaction.
It's going to be awfully hard not to connect some dots here, given his history. Sorry, we're human; we see patterns. That's what we do.
Mallett famously admitted to his drug use at the NFL Combine back in 2011 after being arrested at Arkansas for public intoxication as a redshirt sophomore two years prior, and while it's pure speculation that his tardiness and general unreliability is the product of substance abuse, the narrative is already out there. Plus, given what we know about bullshit excuses pro athletes give for missing early morning practices (ahem, Matt Harvey), Mallett's "I got caught in traffic" explanation only contributes to suspicions that he's staying out late. Via Pro Football Week's Nolan Nawrocki back in 2011...
“One G.M. said Mallett was the first quarterback ever to admit his drug usage to him in interviews...
"Although Mallett did not produce an official positive test at Arkansas, he has been arrested for public intoxication and carries a reputation as a ‘big party guy,’ per sources who have interviewed him."
Oh, and then there was the time Mallett missed a meeting with Carolina Panthers team officials leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, citing some mysterious sickness you acquire from staying out late in downtown Charlotte.
[BR] Mallett met team officials for dinner April 8, the day he arrived in town, but meetings the next day at Bank of America Stadium were cancelled after Mallett called and said he was sick, multiple sources told the National Football Post. It looks like Mallett will have some more questions to answer prior to next Thursday. Complicating the matter is the fact sources said Mallett was seen out on the town late following the dinner.
Whether this has absolutely nothing to do with his dismissal or not -- we literally have no idea -- it's fair to assume Ryan Mallett's issues with control aren't just limited to the footballs he throws.
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